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Preventing Drug and Alcohol

On June 23rd, 2015

      USCG recommendations Earlier this month, the Coast Guard presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association, or DATIA, Conference. The presentation focused on the Coast Guard’s role in preventing drug and alcohol misuse within the maritime transportation industry and focused on two issues of concern affecting chemical testing service providers. The Coast..

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Panama Canal Expansion Moves Ahead

On June 23rd, 2015

Filling of new Pacific Locks – expected to take 90 days The Panama Canal has taken yet another step forward toward the completion of the Canal Expansion Program as it begins to fill the Cocoli’s locks, on the Pacific side, following a similar and successful endeavor on the Atlantic side earlier this month. This important..

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The other Suez Canal expansion

On June 22nd, 2015

Analysis by Poten In recent months and years, there has been quite some discussion about the expansion of the Panama Canal and its implications for tradeflows. However, a similar capacity expansion of the Suez Canal that will be inaugurated in August of this year has received much less attention, according to Poten & Partners. The..

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Making data a priority is key to the future of the maritime industry

On June 17th, 2015

KVH CEO urges maritime operators to utilize big data The future competitiveness of the maritime industry will be affected by how rapidly shipping operators take advantage of big data, according to KHV Industries. Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO of KVH Industries, spoke at the Maritime CIO Forum at Nor-Shipping in Oslo, addressing technology issues faced..

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Abandoned seafarers – A thing of the past?

On June 16th, 2015

The adoption of amendments to the MLC 2006 In June 2014, the International Labour Organisation marked another significant milestone for safeguarding the rights of seafarers. The adoption of amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) will protect abandoned seafarers and provide financial security for death or longterm disability of seafarers. But will the new..

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IMDG Code requirements for Marshall Flagged vessels

On June 16th, 2015

Application of the medical first aid guide in accidents The Republic of the Marshall Islands  issued Marine Notice regarding the IMDG Code requirements for RMI flagged vessels which clarifies the application of the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods (MFAG) with respect to gas carriers and chemical carriers and articulates..

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IMO MSC 95 Outcome

On June 16th, 2015

  Gas and low-flashpoint fuels code adopted by IMO The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from 3 to 12 June 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by..

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Only 50% of tankers use ECDIS

On June 12th, 2015

Over 4,000 tankers are not yet using an ENC service. SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS for all tankers of 3,000 gross tonnes or more come into force on 1 July 2015. Of the 8,750+ tankers in the global fleet that are required to comply with these regulations by their first survey following..

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IACS PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2015

On June 12th, 2015

New IACS Unified Requirement (UR) for Large Container Ships further improves the safety regime for these vessels MV Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller passing Port Said, Egypt, on its maiden voyage through the Suez Canal in 2013. (Capacity 18270 TEU) The International Association of Classifications Societies (IACS) is pleased to announce the adoption of new Unified Requirements..

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Flooding of Panama Canal’s third set of locks begins

On June 11th, 2015

Salini Impregilo video The waters of Gatun Lake, the largest artificial body of its kind in the world, began flooding the new canal in Panama on the side of the Atlantic Ocean. Source: Salini Impregilo

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